Homemade Dairy-Free White Hot Chocolate

Homemade Dairy-Free White Hot Chocolate

Homemade Dairy-Free White Hot Chocolate

I have been extremely elated to see how popular my Best Vegan Hot Chocolate recipe has become with you all. I've seen dozens and dozens of beautiful remakes on social media and 100% stellar reviews. I've had the itch to create a white chocolate version ever since. As shocking as it is to me, lol, there are some people who don't like traditional chocolate. Here is your white hot chocolate.

It's kind of funny to be sharing this when here in Texas, it's been beautiful, sunny and in the 70's. However, I know a large amount of people in other areas who are up to their eyeballs  in snow and freezing, so I hope this will warm your bones some and make you feel all cozy.

Make This Homemade White Hot Chocolate With Just 5 Ingredients

This white chocolate is not only incredibly creamy and luscious, it is just 5 ingredients! To make this dairy-free vegan white hot chocolate, you will only need:

  • Lite coconut milk (absolute best milk for hot chocolate, creamy and the perfect thickness)
  • cocoa butter (gives that classic chocolate taste and makes it super creamy and thick)
  • cashew butter (gives an extra depth of flavor and richness, has a natural vanilla flavor)
  • maple syrup
  • vanilla extract

But before anybody asks, no, there is not a sub for the cocoa butter. Cocoa butter is what makes it actually be chocolate and taste like chocolate, without it, it's just going to be sweet milk. Trust me, it's worth it. The cocoa butter is also what makes it thicken up. My favorite cocoa butter to use, are these discs I order from Amazon. It's SO much easier to work with, rather than chopped from the large blocks.

Coffee-Shop Worthy

Now, the vegan white hot chocolate is already delicious on it's own, but to make it coffee-shop worthy, both taste and presentation-wise, adding some mini vegan marshmallows, whipped cream and freshly grated nutmeg just sends it into white chocolate heaven!

Other White Chocolate Yumminess on the blog:

White Chocolate Truffles

White Chocolate Cake Strawberry Milkshake 

These would be great for Valentine's Day, too, as they totally qualify as a dessert. What's more romantic than sipping on delicious White Hot Chocolates together? Hope you all enjoy these and be sure to leave feedback below in the comments after you make them. I really love hearing it, it makes my day!

Yields 2 1/4 cups (2 servings)

Homemade Dairy-Free White Hot Chocolate

Homemade Dairy-Free White Hot Chocolate that is creamy, rich, indulgent and delicious! Made with just 5 ingredients...coconut milk, real cocoa butter, cashew butter, maple syrup and vanilla!

5 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

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  • One 13.5 oz can "lite" coconut milk (this truly is the best milk to make hot chocolate, I would advise against subbing as others I've tried were not good. Lite leaves NO coconut taste!)
  • 1-2 tablespoons (16-32g) raw cashew butter (Use 2 for a richer/thicker version. Use sunbutter for nut-free)
  • 3 tablespoons (40g) finely chopped cocoa butter or 17 discs I use these cocoa butter discs from Amazon
  • 2-3 tablespoons (40-60g) pure maple syrup, I used 3
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Optional: whipped cream, marshmallows, freshly grated nutmeg/cinnamon


  1. If you have a high-powered blender like a Vitamix, then add all of the ingredients to the blender and blend several minutes until very smooth and frothy. If you don't have a high-speed blender, then add all of the ingredients, except the cocoa butter, to a blender or food processor and process until smooth and frothy. It will only get frothy on a high speed and after a few minutes.
  2. Add the mixture to a pot over medium heat and then add the cocoa butter. It is important to not use a tiny pot for this, as it will bubble high and vigorously. Once it begins to boil, whisk continuously for a good 5 minutes so the cocoa butter melts and it cooks down slightly. It will seem very thin still after the 5 minutes because cocoa butter melts just like oil, so let the mixture sit for a few minutes before serving and it will thicken up more.
  3. Whisk once more and serve. Top with whipped cream, marshmallows and nutmeg if desired. If you have any leftovers and store them in the fridge, it will get very thick. Just rewarm and whisk it over the stove and it will be as good as fresh.


  1. Hi, Brandy! Your cocoa butter Amazon link doesn't work: https://thevegan8.com/goto/http://[cocoa%20butter%20discs%20from%20Amazon|http://amzn.to/2l0yZwC%20rel= Help! xo
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      It's fixed now, sorry about that Laurie! I also linked within the actual recipe, too :) Thanks for catching that!
      • the link is not to disks!
        • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
          Sorry, it is fixed now! I had accidentally linked to the bars and this is better now, because the discs are way cheaper!
  2. Hi BrandI. When you say whipped cream, is there a vegan whipped cream? Thank you Vivan
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Vivian, yet there are several. This one I used is a spray can of whipped cream made from soy milk by Soyatoo brand. I purchased it at Whole Foods. But Whole Foods and Sprouts also carry tubs of "cool whip" made from coconut milk that are very delicious. They have regular and low-fat versions, too. There are other options to pick from at Whole Foods.
      • My favorite and probably healthiest vegan whipped cream is made by skimming off the hardened part of a can of full-strength organic coconut milk (toss the water). It should be refrigerated for at least a few hours so it solidifies and is cold. Take a blender or mixer on medium high and whip a minute or two. Add a little maple syrup or stevia (but just a tiny bit!) and some vanilla extract. It whips up nice and firm and the best thing about it is that it never melts down like regular whipped cream! You can store it in the fridge for days and it's just like you whipped it! This is soy-free and chemical free too!
        • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
          Oh yes, I do that, too! Have a recipe on my blog for Coconut Whipped Cream Icing! It doesn't pipe as pretty on hot chocolate as this can stuff, so I only use it for photo purposes, lol!
  3. It's been unseasonably warm (okay, some days HOT) here in OK, too - - but it doesn't stop me from enjoying hot chocolate once or twice a week. I LOVE cocoa butter; combined w/ coconut milk? Yowza!!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      It's so rich and creamy!
  4. I know I would love this, Brandi! It's cold here in the Netherlands, so this is definitely the way to go. I have to admit I really like hot chocolate, so your new chocolate recipe is calling my name. I bet it tastes just fantastic with all the wonderful toppings and especially the grated nutmeg takes it to a new level of deliciousness. Love your pictures s0 beautiful and elegant!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much Florian, so glad you love the pictures! You are too kind!
  5. I couldn't care less that it's 68 degrees out here right now, it could be the middle of summer and I would still want this mug right now!! And I thought your original hot chocolate was super dreamy, but THIS! Believe it or not, before I was vegan white chocolate was actually my favorite kind of chocolate. Or should I say "chocolate" since whether it counts or not is debatable, but I vote yes :) The fact that it's so hard to come by dairy-free makes it all the more exciting and special too. The ingredients here could not be any more enticing. And nutmeg on top--never would've thought of that but it sounds like a lovely little contrast. I made the mistake of buying one of those massive blocks of cocoa butter last time and yeah I will definitely be going with the discs next time. Just chopping it up and measuring it out takes as long as this entire recipe just about...and so messy too with the little pieces flying everywhere haha. But still worth it because that is one of the most dreamy ingredients in my opinion. And combined with the coconut milk and cashew butter and mini marshmallows this is just all the off-white things I love most in one <3
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Haha, too true!! Chopping cocoa butter is a nightmare and ever since discovering the discs on Amazon, I no longer buy it. WHAT a difference in recipe prep time it makes! It's so funny because brown chocolate wouldn't be chocolate without cocoa butter, so absolutely white chocolate is REAL chocolate! Without the cocoa butter, it doesn't have that taste or smell. None of that fake filler stuff that they put in those cheap white chocolate bars..yuck, lol. The grated nutmeg was a last minute decision while heating up the chocolate on the stove and it hit me that nutmeg goes well in creamy sauces, so why not creamy white hot chocolate? And honestly, the spice contrast with it was dreamyyyy! It worked so well and it also was a nice break, asthetically speaking, for a photo, lol!
  6. This looks dreamy!! I love the romantic aura the pics give. Love hot cocoa of all kinds so sounds amazing! I will have to try it on my hubby and see if he detects the coconut...he detects it in everything like a damn bloodhound. As much as I've tried lite and spray and whatever...he stills says "Oh, coconut huh?" GRRR. But more for me so whatevs! Trying this soon since I have some discs left over.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Aww, thanks friend! So glad you love the pics! I definitely wanted a sultry elegant romantic vibe, lol. Oh girl, I've told you too that Jay HATES coconut and honestly lite coconut milk has a slight coconut taste straight from the can but when mixed with the cocoa butter, cashew butter, sweetener, etc. I swear it tastes nothing like coconut. It just tastes like a white chocolate bar melted, hahahaha!
  7. This looks amazing, Brandi!
  8. It's been oddly on the warmer side here lately - in the 40's...not that that's warm, but it's all relative. But, even so, I would love to snuggle up to a warm mug of this white chocolate goodness. Gorgeous!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Haha, 40's is considered the coldest here in Texas, lol! To me, 40 degrees is as low as I can take it. Thank you!
  9. Brandi this looks soooo dreamy and perfect right now! I'm so envious of your Texas weather - it's still freezing here in Ohio! Seriously though, with those ingredients I can only imagine this white hot chocolate would be SO thick and creamy and rich and perfect! Excited to check out the other hot chocolate recipes, too. Hope your good weather continues, but in the meantime bring on all the cozy recipes! :)
  10. Wow this looks and sounds absolutely incredible. Such stunning pictures as well. I loved your Best Vegan Hot Chocolate recipe so much so I am very excited for this white chocolate version. I haven't been online much lately because I have been having some issues and was out of work for two weeks. So I haven't visited your blog in the past few weeks till today. And I certainly have missed it. Hopefully everything stays ok with me so I don't have to be away again. Thank you for another enticing and no doubt awesome recipe. You are the best.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much Christina! You are the sweetest ever! I hope you are doing okay?? I hope nothing too serious. Please take care of yourself. Your comments always make me smile, so thank you for always taking the time to stop by. xx
  11. Oh my goodness Brandi, this looks so incredible! You know how much I love chocolate - so a vegan white hot chocolate is literally my idea of heaven! Omg! I cannot wait to try this! YUMMM! Pinned <3
  12. These photos have me drooling! It's so cold here today - this would really hit the spot.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much Dianne! Glad the photos have your drooling, haha!
  13. It's been absolutely freezing here of late and when I get home after being out (especially when I take my dog for a walk on the beach where the wind is just bitter) it takes me a good hour to get warm again. To have a mug of this waiting for me when I got back would be just perfect!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much Mel! Oh yes, definitely would warm you up ;)
  14. What brand of vegan marshmallows do you recommend?
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Susan, I purchase Dandie's brand from Whole Foods.
  15. I'm going to have to bookmark this for when it actually gets cold again in Chicago. We're expecting 60 degree weather for the next several days. Knowing this area, we'll pay for the beautiful weather in April. At least I'll have this lovely recipe to keep me warm when we finally get winter. :)
  16. Oh my heavens, that is over-the-top decadence! And in summer, freeze it for another amazing treat :)
    • You've magnead a first class post
  17. Oh my gosh! This looks absolutely amazing! I love hot chocolate.
  18. Hi there ! the link for the cocoa butter discs says its for external use only (lotion etc.) NOT FOR CONSUMPTION. Do you have another recommendation that is food grade? Thanks !
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Oops, sorry I had the wrong one linked! Here is the correct one! :) http://amzn.to/2zYyfPL

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